Joseph Pearce’s

Joseph Pearce’s
23 Elm Row, Edinburgh, EH7 4AA
  • Telephone 0131 556 4140
  • Bar open Sun–Thu 11am–midnight; Fri/Sat 11am–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun 11am–9pm
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Joseph Pearce’s

Casual bar at the top of the Walk with Scandi food and an intimate vibe.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Like its laid-back Swedish sister bars, you know what you’re getting at Joseph Pearce’s: quirky décor, friendly-but-cool staff, generous food at decent prices and plenty of drinks. At JPs the menu is small – a couple of smörgåsbords, burgers, flatiron steak, salads, Swedish meatballs with mash – but the food is hearty. You can wash it down with a glass of house red or a pint of Caledonian ale and relax from your worldly woes for a moment. During the day children are welcome and the toys and high chairs come out, but evenings are for the big kids. You might catch a match, or DJ Jordy Deelight playing 90s house, or you could join the jogging club (currently doing a bit of plogging, where you pick up rubbish at the same time) on a run down to Sofi’s for a glass of lingonberry cordial. Community vibes abound.

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Megan Welford visited Joseph Pearce’s on 23 June 2018
  • High point: Open, anything-goes attitude
  • Low point: More mains to choose from would be good
  • Notable dish: Swedish meatballs and mash
  • Average price: £16 (lunch); £16 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Rock/eclectic
  • Live entertainment: Bands, DJs and various community clubs – check social media.
  • Capacity: 200 (40 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 2008
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 16
  • House wine: £15 per bottle

Events at this venue

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Graphic Novels For Girls

A book group for ladies who love graphic novels and comic books.

Sun 29 Jul

Free / 07452 882866

  • 15:00 – 16:30

Sun 12 Aug

Free / 07452 882866

  • 15:00 – 16:30

Sun 26 Aug

Free / 07452 882866

  • 15:00 – 16:30
…and 8 more dates until 16 Dec

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Comments & ratings

4. Em Rider1 May 2010, 9:29am3 stars Joseph Pearce’s Report

Really good place to go if you've got small children, as there is a toy corner and a couch (ideal for feeding etc). However, the food is not great - a lot of Swedish influenced dishes, but not to everyones taste. The food and drink are both very very expensive! Expect to pay a premium! The pancakes are disappointingly poor value for money, whereas the burger is huge, but at nearly £11 you would expect it to be. The staff are so friendly, they really are a great credit to this place. A mixed review really, not good for food, but a nice place to pop in for a grown-up chat and a drink while the kids play.

3. McD's23 Oct 2009, 1:01pm4 stars Joseph Pearce’s Report

love it love it love it! but way too popular. Go away crowds so i can get a seat again!

the only thing that i would change is ..... the coffee. everytime i go and order one i take a sip and am disappointed. everything else is perfect except the watery, usually not hot enough, lacking in flavour coffee. please please please get some lovely strong creamy coffee and pearce's would be heaven!

2. cp12318 Aug 2009, 9:40pm Report

Overpriced drinks & ikeaesque food. Not for me.

1. Morna25 May 2009, 11:57am4 stars Joseph Pearce’s Report

Lovely food, really sweet menus (disney books with the menu inside) & a nice whimsical mish-mash of furniture & decorations.

Only downside was that we went for a hungover lunch & were surrounded by kids playing. Our hangovers couldn't really take it! But it was really busy & probably our fault for sitting near the cuddly toys....

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Average rating 3.5/5 from 3 reviews of Joseph Pearce’s.

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